Supporting Children and Teens with Mental Health Concerns

Supporting children and teens with mental health concerns can feel like a tremendously daunting task. Nothing is quite like the sense of powerlessness that comes with watching your child struggle and not having a road map for what supporting them should look like. There’s no question that children and teens today are facing new challenges […]
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Addressing behaviors is not the same thing as treating trauma

It happened again, the meltdown over homework. But I don’t just mean tears and whining, I mean a fit to end all fits. The screams pierce your ears, things are being thrown, the book is being torn. The snack you offered is now all over your shirt. It’s one thing when a three-year-old has a […]
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{I love to Laugh Ha Ha Ha Ha}

♫Loud and long and clear!♫ Does anyone remember that song? From Mary Poppins {If not, here’s the link: }.   I used to LOVE it growing up.  And when it pops into my brain, it still makes me smile.  And, just as much as I loved that song, I also love to laugh. Imagine […]
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Quit watering your kids’ grapes

No, listen, that’s not gibberish. I was recently in Napa and while I was there, not only did I learn how they make sparkling wine using the same method as those in Champagne, France but I also learned about how it’s important to not water grapes. It may not be true for all vineyards, but […]
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Helping Kids with Behaviors: Part 4

Co-regulation The say the eyes are the window to the soul, but I’d have to say they’re the mirror. Ever heard of mirror neurons? They’re interesting little guys. I’ve heard there are a few versions of the story of how they discovered these neurons, but basically, they were studying monkeys and their brain activity. During […]
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Helping Kids with Behaviors: Part 1

Playful REDIRECTIONs One of the biggest reasons kids end up in counseling is because of fits. The knock-down, blow-out fit that takes parents, teachers, and caregivers by surprise. Because one minute they’re fine and the next, well…they’re not. They’ve flipped the switch. Nothing’s getting through and everyone is hanging on for dear life. Fits derail […]
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